Richard Lionel ”Rick” Martin passed away on March 13, 2011, after suffering a heart attack while driving his car. He was 59 years old.
Martin was part of one of the most famous lines in hockey history; ”The French Connection,” which featured Martin and fellow Quebecers, Gilbert Perreault and René Robert.
On March 10, 1981, Martin was traded to Los Angeles by Buffalo in exchange for a 1981 3rd round puick (Colin Chisholm) and a 1983 1st round pick (Tom Barrasso). This because of an injury that Martin had suffered on November 8 the previous year. He was later forced to retire due to the cartilage damage caused to the knee.